This will not be one of those “meet your heroes” types of retro car reviews. There was no poster of a 1999 Honda Civic Si on my wall, and it certainly wasn’t on the shortlist (or even long one) of contenders for my first car. Yet, with a closet full of car magazines and a drivers’ license about to be acquired, I do quite vividly remember the Civic Si coming out and the rave reviews it received. And frankly, I didn’t get it. It had only 160 horsepower, the interior of any old Civic, and I distinctly remember thinking the omission of ABS was absurd. Admittedly, the Electron Blue Pearl paint was pretty cool.
Smash cut to 21 years later, and there’s a ’99 Civic Si in my driveway, looking exactly like the ones that graced those car